Congratulations, Georgia!

Georgia, it’s a new day, and we got this one right. After witnessing the swearing in of our new leadership, I am excited for our state’s future.

I would like to enthusiastically congratulate Governor Brian Kemp, his dedicated family, and his hard-working staff on the governor’s inauguration yesterday. As a member of the Georgians First Committee, and through my work leading Family Policy Alliance of Georgia®, I’ve seen first-hand the tremendous leader we have in the Governor’s office and look forward to the next four years as Governor Kemp leads our state.

Long before many were giving him a chance, Family Policy Alliance of Georgia was confident to endorse Governor Kemp because we knew he would put Georgians first, do the right thing, act with integrity and champion our families. Throughout his campaign, Governor Kemp won over voters with his ability to continue the progress Georgia has made while renewing a commitment to core conservative principles. We look forward to partnering with our 83rd governor as he works to bring greater prosperity, more freedom, and stronger families to our state.

I also wish to congratulate Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, his wife and 3 boys, and the strong team he has surrounded himself with. Like our governor, he is committed to his family and to securing a better future for all families around the state.

These leaders are remarkable in many ways, and they are also similarly inspiring. Both men expressed a genuine love for the Lord and a sense of calling and duty that led them to public service. Both men seek to involve their families as much as possible, seem to cherish and be blessed by their wives, and heaped praise upon their praise-worthy children. Governor Kemp and Lt. Governor Duncan care about Georgia, and they desire to honor God. We are so thankful to have them in leadership!

We are pleased to partner with the Kemp-Duncan team to make our state a better place for families. We will ask much of them and push them to do the things that may be God-honoring but politically difficult. However, today, I want to encourage you to thank them. Please write a personal message for each of them by clicking here to visit our Action Center.

It’s a new day for Georgia. It won’t be perfect, and there will be difficult and disappointing days ahead. But, we know that we have good leaders who love the Lord leading our state. For that, we celebrate and give thanks.

Grateful,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

 

P.S. Please take a moment to bless and encourage our new leaders by writing a message in our Action Center. We will make certain these messages reach them.

As we witness Governor Kemp’s first full day as Georgia’s CEO, the day seems a little brighter because we know someone with honesty, integrity and passion is leading us. Family Policy Alliance stands with Governor Kemp to achieve greater things for all Georgians.

I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” (Psalm 77:11)

Dear Friends:

On behalf of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico, I want to wish you and your family a Happy New Year and extend my deepest gratitude to all of you who supported us financially in 2018. I say it often—we could not do this without you and thanks to your generosity, we ended our inaugural year very well.

As we begin a new year, I want to take a moment to reflect on where we have been and where we are headed. Therefore, this week, I am proud to share with you our “Top 3 Accomplishments of 2018.”

#1—Our work during the 2018 Legislative Session

In 2018, we participated in our first Legislative Session and provided critical analysis and support to our legislators on issues related to life, family, and religious freedom. Most notably, we managed to get one of our legislative priorities—House Bill 56, which would have required that notification be given to a parent when their minor child obtains an abortion—on the agenda, which is especially difficult during a 30-day session. Not only that, we further managed to get House Bill 56 a hearing in spite of the committee chairman’s efforts to stall the bill. We also teamed up with New Mexico Prays to host “Pastors’ Day at the State Capitol.” More than 100 pastors and faith leaders from various denominations and communities across New Mexico participated in the event, which included a luncheon and prayer service in the Capitol Rotunda.

#2—Our participation in the 2018 Statesmen Academy

During the summer of 2018, we were honored to help host the 2018 Statesmen Academy®—a weeklong conference for on-the-rise Christian legislators and aspiring policymakers. This annual event provides attendees with an enduring fellowship of mutual encouragement and accountability, spiritual strength, and political wisdom, and in 2018, we were blessed to have two of our New Mexico State Representatives in attendance—Rebecca Dow and Rod Montoya. Statesmen Academy classes were taught by experienced Christian legislative leaders including retired U.S. Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Congressman Daniel Webster of Florida, Senator Paul Gazelka, Majority Leader of the Minnesota Senate, Dr. Matt Spalding of Hillsdale College, and Clark Forsythe of Americans United for Life.

 #3—Our work during the 2018 Election

There is no question that the 2018 Election was dominated by the liberal and progressive wings of our state party politics. However, all was not lost on election night, as 8 of the candidates we endorsed for the New Mexico House of Representatives were elected or reelected, including all three of our Statesmen Academy alumni—Representatives Rebecca Dow, David Gallegos, and Rod Montoya. Notably, in Districts 22 and 63, our endorsed candidates were victorious in two of the most tightly contested races of the cycle. After a mandatory recount, Representative Gregg Schmedes won by 142 votes and Representative Martin Zamora edged out his opponent by 25 votes. Representatives Cathrynn Brown, Greg Nibert, and James Strickler were also reelected and we are truly fortunate to have them returning to the State Capitol this month!

By God’s grace, and with your prayers and generous support, that is where we have been. And the good news is, we are headed in some exciting directions in 2019!

Please stay tuned next week for our “Top 3 Goals for 2019.”

Until then, God bless you and best wishes for a prosperous new year!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

P.S. As you plan your charitable giving for 2019, please keep us in mind and consider setting up a recurring monthly gift to support our efforts. 2019 will be full of opportunities and threats when it comes to the issues and values we care about. But, together, and with the good Lord’s blessing, this will be a year in which we continue to move the ball forward for a New Mexico where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!

As we approach the end of 2018, it’s amazing to look back and see the victories—all of which you made possible through your prayers and support of Family Policy Alliance and our state allies. Thank you!

1. For Life!

National Victories

This past year, there have been huge steps forward in the pro-life movement on both the national and state fronts. President Trump listened to your voice and is standing up for the rights of the preborn. Whether or not you voted for this President, his stand for life is unparalleled in recent administrations.>/mark>

President Trump became the first sitting president to address the March for Life. Under his administration, the Department of Health and Human Services is working to finalize a new rule that prevents taxpayer’s dollars (through Title X family planning funds) from going to abortion providers. These Title X dollars are currently Planned Parenthood’s second-largest funding stream. He reinstated and expanded the “Mexico City Policy” that blocks $9 billion in foreign aid from being used for abortions. And with his first nominee to the Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch, the Court dismantled an unconstitutional law passed by California that would have forced pro-life pregnancy centers to become advertisers for the abortion industry.

State Victories

Because of your support, states are continuing to creatively chip away at Roe v. Wade with new laws that protect women’s health, increase requirements on abortion providers to ensure they are taking care of women and recognize the humanity of preborn babies.

Idaho passed a law that requires health care professionals to report information about complications from abortions. Nebraska passed a law that provides birth certificates to families who have lost babies through a miscarriage. Eight states have passed laws that ban dismemberment abortions. Over 20 states ban abortion past a certain number of weeks based on the ability of the preborn baby to feel pain.

A recent initiative seeks to ban abortions based on a Down syndrome or disability diagnosis. Ohio and Louisiana passed this type of law, and several other states considered bills. This happened largely because people of faith like you have shared your stories about how people with disabilities have shaped lives for good.

“Whether a child is diagnosed with Down syndrome before or after birth, disability rights start at diagnosis. All human life should be valued and respected— especially in the womb. And the targeting of babies solely for the possible diagnosis of Down syndrome should not be permitted here in Pennsylvania,” said Michael Geer, president of Family Policy Alliance’s state ally, Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Idaho and Indiana passed bills that require information about abortion-pill reversals be available to women. Over a dozen states have cut taxpayer funding streams from Planned Parenthood.

There is still much to be done in protecting life in our country, but because of your voice—joined with the voices of other biblical citizens—leaders in our country are listening and taking action.

2. The Heart of Adoption

Most of us believe strongly in the right of Christians to live out our biblical citizenship by looking after orphans—children in need of loving parents. This is why thousands of biblical citizens like you urged state legislatures, through email and phone calls, to protect the constitutional rights of faith-based adoption agencies—so those agencies can do what they excel at: placing hard-to-place children in forever families.

Your efforts resulted in a spectacular victory in Kansas this past session. LGBT lobbyists poured money into Topeka, and the leading national LGBT advocacy organization even sent its president to convince legislators to vote against religious freedom for private, faith-based adoption agencies—even if that meant those agencies would have to shut their doors rather than violate their beliefs. Family Policy Alliance of Kansas rallied pro-family Kansans to speak up—resulting in not only a win for children who need homes, but also a win for religious freedom. Similar laws also passed in Oklahoma, Texas and South Dakota, again thanks to biblical citizenship!

3. Keeping the Gospel Free in California

California’s wildly controversial legislation, AB 2943, targeted religious beliefs in a truly unprecedented manner. It would have prohibited millions of people from purchasing services and resources that declare the power of Christ can overcome unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity struggles. This bill was passed by the California Assembly and Senate, and was one formality away from being signed by the Governor. In an astonishing twist that no one anticipated, Assemblyman Evan Low pulled his own bill after tens of thousands of biblical citizens from California and across the nation reached out to him to share stories of hope and change.

Jonathan Keller, the executive director of our state ally California Family Council, which worked tirelessly to keep the Gospel free in California, declared, “We are inexpressibly grateful to Assemblyman Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns.” Praise God!

4. Protecting Male and Female

The Gender Identity issue continues to sweep across the nation in unprecedented ways. States have sought to give individuals special protections in the law based upon their “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” status. Schools have been opening their bathrooms and locker rooms to the opposite sex if a student claims they feel like the opposite sex. State administrative agencies have been caught attempting to expose our most vulnerable children to “gender transition” services. And therapists have been targeted for trying to help our children overcome unwanted same-sex attraction and gender identity struggles.

Yet, the voices of biblical citizens like you, speaking compassionate truth that our sex is innate and cannot change at will, have had a significant impact everywhere—from school officials all the way to the Trump Administration. Here are some of the ways your prayers, financial support and taking action have led to big victories:

We have made major strides this year and with your support, we will continue to stand firm in the biblical truth that God has created men and women in His image, male and female, and that our biological sex is no accident. 5. The Story You Helped Write in the 2018 Election

With your help – and with our theme verse on our lips (“The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.” Daniel 11:32) – Family Policy Alliance stood firm and took strategic action on key races where voter data and on-the-ground reports indicated that we could have an impact.  You helped make possible more than a million communications with voters in those targeted races!

And the results were encouraging. On a night that brought lots of sobering news, Family Policy Alliance won nearly two-thirds of targeted races. Since most of those were state-level races that don’t get as much attention, let me share a few highlights of how your support for Family Policy Alliance paid dividends.

As you may know, our sister organization, Family Policy Foundation®, trains on-the-rise Christian legislators and candidates at the annual Statesmen Academy®. Some of those Statesmen alumni need help winning difficult elections, so we provided assistance in 17 key Statesmen races.

Thankfully, our supported Statesmen won 14 of those races. That’s an 82 percent win rate! Now, a total of 52 Statesmen, equipped Christian men and women, will be serving you in elected office starting in January 2019!

You also helped us engage in several U.S. Senate races – most notably in North Dakota, where Family Policy Alliance’s on-the-ground presence made our work especially strategic.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® identified 35,000 pro-life North Dakotans who are inconsistent about getting to the polls, especially in non-presidential years. They reached those voters with live phone calls from volunteers, with mailers, and with targeted digital ads that featured a strong video exposing the radical pro-abortion record of the incumbent senator, Heidi Heitkamp.

The result was a resounding win for Kevin Cramer. Pro-lifers around the nation will benefit from having a new pro-life champion in the U.S. Senate!

As you can see, it’s been a big year for believers who care about restoring a nation where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished!

We look back on 2018 with hearts full of gratitude for all God has done—and for all He has done through you.

And His calling doesn’t stop with the end of the year! Next week, we plan to share with you what to expect as we ring in the new  year!

We can’t thank you enough for your prayers and support of Family Policy Alliance.

May God bless you and your family,

Paul Weber,
President & CEO

Dear Friends:

Although the 2018 election wrapped up weeks ago, a few extremely close races remained in question—two of which featured candidates we endorsed ahead of the November election. This week, I am proud to report that after all votes were recounted, our endorsed candidates, Dr. Gregg Schmedes and Martin Zamora, were certified as the winners in House Districts 22 and 63.

I am sure you have heard it said that “Every Vote Counts,” and this can certainly be said in Gregg’s and Martin’s races. Ultimately, Gregg won by 142 votes out of more than 16,000 votes cast, and Martin edged out his opponent by just 25 votes!

That’s right—167 votes combined made the difference in these races and it is my privilege to introduce two of our newest State Representatives to you today.

Meet Representative Gregg Schmedes

 Gregg Schmedes is a local physician from Tijeras, New Mexico. Earlier this year, he was appointed by Governor Martinez to fill the unexpired term of former Representative James Smith. Gregg graduated from medical school at Texas Tech University, where he served as president of his class. During college, he organized and led missions’ trips to Mexico, and from 2014-2016, he served in Cameroon as a teacher and surgeon for Samaritan Purse’s World Medical Mission. Gregg previously worked as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of New Mexico and is currently the State Director for the American Academy of Medical Ethics. He is married to Kelly, and together, they have five beautiful children.

Meet Representative-Elect Martin Zamora

Martin Zamora is a native of Clovis, New Mexico, and a lifelong resident of House District 63. He has over 20 years of experience in agriculture, has owned several small businesses in the agricultural industry, and previously served on the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board. Martin currently owns a farm in Clovis and a ranch located in Torrance and Socorro Counties. He has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 38 years, and together, they have two daughters and six beautiful grandchildren.

Congratulations Representative Schmedes and Representative-Elect Zamora! We are thankful for your willingness to serve in public office and we look forward to working with you to defend life, promote strong families, and protect religious freedom in New Mexico.

Together in His Service,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

I LOVE my son Cade, but he’s, um… a little different. Everyone who has ever met him knows that he is 100% unique and 100% trouble, and he cracks me up in countless ways.

One of the ways he makes me laugh is his constant question of “where are we?” every time he goes somewhere. We’ll be out, and he’ll ask to go potty. The moment we step into the bathroom he says, “where are we?” despite having asked to go there and seeing that it looks like every other bathroom.

We walk into Chick fil a- somewhere he has been quite often in his nearly 3 years on this planet- “where are we?”

We go to a store “where are we?”

We come home from an outing “where are we?”

What makes the question even more amusing is that EVERY time- without fail- he will ask while getting ready to go somewhere “where are we going?” This crazy child insists on knowing where we are headed, confirming the location once we arrive, and gathering new information every time he enters somewhere different- even if it is an ultra-familiar place like his own house.

But, while his extreme persistence on the issue is humorous and the cute manner in which he asks the questions will stay with me forever, Cade isn’t all that different than the rest of us. We all want to know where we are and where we are headed, don’t we?

As we begin to close 2018, I want to share with you briefly where Family Policy Alliance of Georgia® is and where we, with your help and the Lord’s will, hope to be.

With the culmination of the elections, we have now progressed from what I described early on as “Phase 1” to “Phase 2” of our organization’s development- one that has transitioned from a relevant factor in Georgia politics to one that is a serious force. And, I am pushing for more.

Here’s some of what you helped us accomplish in 2018:

After a highly successful year, we are poised to make 2019 even better. Will you commit to supporting the educational, policy, and training programs of Family Policy Foundation with a tax-deductible gift today. Remember, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar through our $20,000 matching grant!

Your support will help us accomplish a big vision as we seek to make pro-family policy the core of what drives our state, to be the organization that carries the most political weight in the state, and to, ultimately, transform our culture for the glory of God. With your help we can, in the near future:

Our organization is growing, thriving, and making a difference here in Georgia. But, we can do so much more. Please take advantage of this critical year-end opportunity and matching grant by donating today.

Because of you, we are in a very exciting place right now, and, with your help, where we are going will be even better.

God Bless,


Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

Our theme verse at Family Policy Alliance® is from the book of Daniel (11:32): “The people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.”

It’s amazing what happens when we faithfully do that. Sometimes the results are very encouraging – even in the midst of chaos around us.

In fact, that aptly describes this month’s election. The pundits had predicted all along that it would be a bad year – maybe even a disaster – for those of us who care about life, family, and religious freedom.

But with your help – and with that verse from Daniel on our lips – Family Policy Alliance stood firm and took strategic action on key races where voter data and on-the-ground reports indicated that we could have an impact.  You helped make possible more than a million communications with voters in those targeted races!

And the results were encouraging. On a night that brought lots of sobering news, Family Policy Alliance won nearly two-thirds of targeted races. Since most of those were state-level races that don’t get as much attention, let me share a few highlights of how your support for Family Policy Alliance paid dividends.

Electing Statesmen

As you may know, our sister organization, Family Policy Foundation®, trains on-the-rise Christian legislators and candidates at the annual Statesmen Academy®. Some of those Statesmen alumni need help winning difficult elections.

This year, we provided assistance – ranging from mailers to digital ads to phone calls – in 17 key Statesmen races. Thankfully, we won 14 of those races. That’s an 82 percent win rate!

Of course, many Statesmen didn’t need our help and won their elections. So all combined, more than 50 trained Statesmen alums will be serving in key elected positions in January!

Big Wins in the States

But your support also allowed us to invest in other key state-level races. For example, you may have heard about the very tight race for governor in Georgia. Democrat Stacey Abrams received massive support from Hollywood for her ultra-progressive agenda. Her victory would not only have meant bad news for the people of Georgia, but it would have been a big national win for the pro-abortion and anti-religious freedom agendas.

Family Policy Alliance of Georgia® jumped in early during a primary runoff – helping conservative Brian Kemp when he still badly trailed the moderate Republican. After he won the primary, we continued our support – helping him pull out a come-from-behind victory, avoiding a runoff by just two-tenths of a percent!

Your support also helped pave the way for a host of strategic wins in a number of other states. That means pro-family champions will be headed to state capitols in Bismarck, Boise, Columbia, Santa Fe, St. Paul, Topeka and more.

Surprising Beauty in Ashes

In some cases, what the media may have reported as good news for the Left actually had a surprising twist. For example, despite Family Policy Alliance of Kansas® winning 9 of 15 races, the overall media narrative was that Republicans had big losses in the state House.

But a closer look shows that 15 of the 18 Republicans who lost their House seats had voted against the Adoption Protection Act. That was the FPA-supported legislation that was the biggest religious freedom victory in the country this year. So much for the idea that pro-family, pro-life and pro-freedom laws are bad politics!

Improving the U.S. Senate

You also helped us engage in several U.S. Senate races – most notably in North Dakota, where Family Policy Alliance’s on-the-ground presence made our work especially strategic.

Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota® identified 35,000 pro-life North Dakotans who are inconsistent about getting to the polls, especially in non-presidential years. They reached those voters with live phone calls from volunteers, with mailers, and with targeted digital ads that featured a strong video exposing the radical pro-abortion record of the incumbent senator, Heidi Heitkamp.

The result was a resounding win for Kevin Cramer, who previously served on the board of the organization that became Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota. Pro-lifers around the nation will benefit from having a new pro-life champion in the U.S. Senate!

Facing Attacks and Tough Challenges Head On

Naturally, those engaged in this arena will face strong opposition. For example, Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico was directly attacked by the Democratic Party of New Mexico and labeled “Far-Right Social Crusaders.” The reasons they gave? We support protecting the religious freedom of adoption agencies, and we oppose drag queen storytimes for children in libraries.

But we turned these attacks into victories by publishing these statements. As a result, we received an outpouring of support from Christian Democrats who publicly rebuked their own state party for attacking our organization and Christian values.

Of course, we know that there will be plenty of challenges in this coming year – in Washington, D.C., and in many state capitols. But we know that, just as with this year’s election, our job as the people of God is to “stand firm and take action.”

It was for such a time as this that Focus on the Family allowed Family Policy Alliance to spin off as an independent organization – to be able to grow and to more effectively take action. Will you continue to stand with us – or join us for the first time – as we move into 2019?

After all, as this election showed, good things happen when we stand firm and take action.

Early voting runs through Friday in Georgia’s pivotal runoff elections. Make sure to make your voice heard!

We recently endorsed Brad Raffensperger for Secretary of State because we know he shares our values and trust his ability to run this office. But, with a low turnout expected, he needs your help to win and defeat his Obama-Pelosi supporting opponent, John Barrow.

Click HERE to learn where you can vote.

The position of Secretary of State should not be one that draws significant attention. It’s an important job, yes, and it’s one that Governor-elect Kemp did well over the course of his tenure. Still, when it comes to elections, the job should have nothing to do with the outcome.

Like the long-snapper of the football team, it’s a position that draws little applause when things are done well but quickly receives jeers when things go poorly.

However, liberals want to make the Secretary of State a star player.

In recent weeks, the Left has attacked the fundamentals of our democracy, and Georgia has been at the epicenter. Stacey Abrams sought to undermine the will of the people- proving there is no depths to which they will not sink. As December 4th approaches, liberals see the Secretary of State post as one that can alter future outcomes.

For the last several years, Brian Kemp brought honor to this position. He followed the law, conducted himself with integrity, and made sure only Georgians could vote.

But, John Barrow would represent a sharp departure from this kind of leadership. Stacey Abrams and the Left are working to draw attention to this race because they believe Barrow will take an activist role in elections- helping liberals win.

We cannot let this happen.

Let’s be real. None of us naturally think of December 4th as “voting day.” It’s imperative that we either vote early this week (and make certain that our voice is heard) or mark our calendars for the 4th so that nothing distracts us from exercising our biblical citizenship.

While making plans to vote, do everything you can to make sure you don’t vote alone. Invite your friends, spread the word, and educate your fellow church members. If Bible-believing Christians turn out in force now or on December 4th, we will once again have reason to celebrate.

Because your vote matters,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director

Count your blessings name them one by one. I’m sure you’ve heard that familiar hymn from the late 1800’s:

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

We are taking those words to heart this Thanksgiving season, and we invite you to join us.

2 Conservative justices who have records for upholding the rule of law are now sitting on the Supreme Court! We are thankful for all you did in encouraging your Senators to confirm Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, and we thank God for His mercy in placing them on our highest Court.

2 more prolife, conservative Senators in the U.S. Senate! After the November 6 election, the Senate had a net gain of two seats to make it a more prolife, conservative body. Thank you for how you voted, and we especially thank you for giving to make the work to reach prolife, pro-family voters in North Dakota possible! Your support reached key North Dakota voters over 200,000 times to defeat Heidi Heitkamp, a supporter of late-term abortions, and elect Kevin Cramer—the new pro-family, prolife Senator!

2 new major religious freedom laws. This year, both Kansas and Oklahoma passed laws protecting religious freedom for faith-based adoption agencies. These laws ensure that the faith-based agencies can continue to serve the children and birthmoms in their states according to their faith—without fear that their state governments could force them to close down. The nation’s leading LGBTQ activist group called these laws their “biggest defeat of the year.”

1 big California miracle. As we know, what happens in California doesn’t stay in California. This year, lawmakers in the liberal state were working to pass an ominous bill that would classify many communications of Biblical sexuality as a form of illegal “consumer fraud.” But, stunningly, on the last day of legislative session, the bill was pulled from consideration. God’s great mercy, the leadership of our ally California Family Council, and the outpouring of opposition from California believers – many of whom had never gotten involved in public policy issues before – was overwhelming and made the victory possible. Californians sent 40,000 messages to lawmakers opposing the bill through Family Policy Alliance’s action center alone!

52 Christian Statesmen have been trained through our sister Foundation’s Statesmen Academy and will be serving in Congress or state legislatures across the country in January 2019! These Christian men and women have been trained in the legislative art of patience and persistence, unwavering principles, and passionate, respectful advocacy. In other words, they are lawmakers who will stand on principle and advocate effectively for your values—and you helped get them the training to make this possible! Family Policy Foundation is gearing up to train another 30 more of these Christian leaders called to serve in public office in our highly selective program in 2019!

5 Administrations under President Trump’s leadership have worked to end Obama-era rules that define “sex” in federal law to include “gender identity”—leading to harmful policies especially for women and children, confusion in the law, and even threats to religious freedom. President Trump’s Departments of Education and Justice ended the “transgender mandate” on schools. The Department of Defense concluded that the military transgender mandate threatened military readiness and was too costly. The Federal Bureau of Prisons wisely returned to first considering a prisoner’s biological sex—not gender identity—when housing a prisoner. And the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working to protect religious freedom and conscience rights for healthcare professionals since President Trump took office. Now HHS is also encouraging every federal Administrative department to be clear that “sex” in federal law and regulations means “biological sex” and not “gender identity” so that there is consistency in the law. This is a lot to be thankful for!

All of YOU! We are so grateful for each one of you—for how you’ve given generously to support our ministry, taken time to contact lawmakers, spread the word about important issues and elections, prayed for your country and state, showed up to vote, and at times even helped your church be more involved.

We pray God’s hand of blessing on you and your family. And please know that my team and I pray and give thanks for you each week.

We know you join us in feeling the burden for our country—and at times it can indeed feel like too much to bear. There are certainly many problems in our country today—many lawmakers who do not fear or even acknowledge God, many ungodly laws, real pain and tragedy—especially in the family, and millions of lives lost to abortion.

But we hope that you will join us this week as we thank God for these blessings we count for our country—and the impact they will have on families for years to come.

With Thanksgiving,

Paul Weber,
President & CEO

Dear Friends:

On behalf of our ministry, I want to thank you for your passionate engagement during the recent election. Although the outcome was not what we hoped and worked so hard for, as Christians, we can take heart in knowing that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is still on His throne, and no election can ever mitigate His sovereign power and authority over all.

At the same time, we acknowledge that without the right leadership in place, it is difficult to advance our vision and values. It is not, however, impossible, and, quite frankly, the outcome of this election makes it clear that the efforts of Family Policy Alliance of New Mexico are needed now more than ever.

With the election over, our work for change now shifts to the Legislative Session (January 2019) and we are already busy finalizing our legislative agenda and strategy. As New Mexico’s nationally recognized family policy council (FPC), we are blessed to be part of an alliance of states actively working to impact our culture through public policy engagement. In short, now our work really begins!

Friends—the fight to protect the unborn, strengthen the family, and preserve religious freedom continues, and I believe God has raised us up “for such a time as this.” In Esther 4:14, Mordecai tells Queen Esther, “…if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Like the words of Mordecai, I believe that if we are silent, relief and deliverance for the unborn, families, and religious liberty will come from elsewhere (i.e. the federal government and/or the courts). BUT, I also believe that New Mexico itself will perish.

On the other hand, if we speak up and act now, I know we can reverse this terminal prognosis. It won’t be easy, but then again, nothing meaningful comes easy.

So, if you are disappointed with the election results, please let me remind you that we—yes, we—are not done yet! And during the Legislative Session, when opportunities arise for us—yes, us—to speak up and make a difference, my hope is that you will make those phone calls, send those emails, and even attend those legislative hearings. Remember, no politician can single handedly run our government and elections do not signal the end of our engagement. Our vote is not the end of our voice, and now that the votes have been tallied, it’s time for us to keep the victors accountable.

Now, I haven’t personally asked for financial support much lately, but as we approach years end, I’m going to ask you a huge favor. Thanks to a generous matching grant provided by one of our local families, every dollar you give will be matched up to $25,000! So please, send a gift today and help us begin the new year on a high note.

Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

Sincerely,

Vince Torres
President and Executive Director

It is my privilege to announce the Family Policy Alliance of Georgia endorsement of Brad Raffensperger in his campaign for Secretary of State.

We aren’t done yet. Pro-family voters showed up in record numbers to deliver big wins for Brian Kemp and Geoff Duncan on Election Day, but now we must do so again for another candidate who supports our values, Brad Raffensperger.

Brad is an outstanding businessman, and he knows what it takes to start, run, and grow a company. He knows the hurdles that regulation can cause in creating jobs, and he knows what it’s like to meet payroll. As our Secretary of State, he will bring this invaluable experience and proven giftedness as he manages the many aspects of the job. Moreover, he brings a commitment to conservative principles, and understands the importance of our values. It’s imperative that pro-life, pro-family voters unite in support of this strong leader.

It has been a privilege getting to know Brad at the State House and on the campaign trail. Despite his incredible success, he brings a sense of sincerity and humility to every interaction. His talent aligns with the job he is applying for, and his values, faith, and conservatism will serve Georgia well.

But, the same cannot be said of his opponent.

Brad is running against a career politician who established a liberal, pro-abortion record in Congress. He voted for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker, was an early supporter of Barack Obama, and bragged about working “hand in hand” with the most liberal president we’ve ever had. We can’t trust John Barrow in this important position- especially as we see how far the Left will go to attack the integrity of our elections.

While I know we all have election fatigue, we must rally behind Brad and push onward to victory on December 4th. Here are what some of our allies- our next governor and 3 of Brad’s former colleagues- wanted me to pass along as well:

Governor-Elect Brian Kemp- “Brad Raffensperger is a successful businessman and lawmaker with a passion for public service. As Secretary of State, Brad will fight for our families, stand up for our conservative values, and ensure a bright and promising future for all hardworking Georgians. We can trust him to do the right thing and always put people ahead of politics.”

State Representative Sheri Gilligan (2018 Statesmen Academy)- “I was privileged to serve with Brad Raffensperger in the State House, and I can personally vouch for his character, his conservative approach, and his commitment to protecting life and family values. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, Brad has a proven, conservative voting record. Additionally, he is a successful businessman who knows what it takes to protect our democratic process, promote efficiency, and make it easy to start a business. He needs our enthusiastic support in this key election.”

State Representative Josh Bonner (2018 Statesmen Academy®)- “I’ve had the pleasure of serving with Brad in the Legislature, and he has been a strong conservative voice for Georgia. He is a man of integrity, an essential element to the job of Secretary of State, and will represent us well.”

Bob Gray, Former Johns Creek City Councilman- “Having known Brad and his wife for nearly 20 years and having served with him on the Johns Creek City Council, I know him to be a man of strong moral character and a firm conservative who will dutifully represent Georgia values in an effective way as our secretary of state. Georgia needs a successful business leader as Secretary of State to serve businesses as our economy continues to grow and for Georgia to stay at the top of the rankings as the place to do business.”

As you can see, Brad has a strong history of standing up for our values and those who have worked closely with him attest to his character and fortitude. Moreover, he has a key role as part of our state’s new leadership that will take us to new heights.

Make sure to vote early or on December 4th!

Standing with Brad Raffensperger,

Cole Muzio
President and Executive Director